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McCain: Obama 'Absolutely' Qualified to Be President

By Zachary A. Goldfarb
Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, said Sunday that the leader for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Barack Obama, would be "absolutely" qualified to be president, should the voters elect him. But, he said, "I believe that my talent and my background and my experience, which has led to my judgment, ... qualifies me more."

In his first Sunday talk show appearance since locking up the GOP nomination last month, McCain criticized Obama and others for making too much of his comment that the United States could remain in Iraq for 100 years, or a period similar to the length of the U.S. presence in Germany and South Korea.

"Senator Obama and anyone who reads that [comment] knows that I didn't think we were in a 100-year war," he said on "Fox News Sunday."

Days after going to Memphis to mark the 40th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, McCain repeated that he "was wrong" to vote in 1983 against establishing a federal holiday to honor King. He added, as he did Friday, that he thought better of his mistake in time to back such a holiday in his home state of Arizona.

McCain also confirmed that he would meet next week with Secret Service officials and expects to have agents protecting him "shortly thereafter." McCain previously had refused such protection.

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Posted at 5:33 PM ET on Apr 6, 2008  | Category:  Sunday Talkies
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John McCain tells it to Idiots!

Posted by: KYJurisDoctor | April 29, 2008 3:42 PM

i think mccain will be the worst president and people should know this guy is really old. Obama and Clinton are better but i perfer Obama more his a very smart person.

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Posted by: gmubyijxq rdstq | April 11, 2008 1:01 AM

What will make or break the Contest is the Veeps.

The worst case for God's Own Party, would be Obasama/New Mexican National(Richardson).

It is for that reason, the GOP needs to have as many familiar Faces pulled together as possible. The GREAT News is, that they can!

Thompson, Tancredo, Giuliani, and more, all can compliment a McCain/Mitt Ticket as Cabinet Postings and Appointments!

The REAL "Dream Team"! ;~)

Posted by: Rat-The | April 8, 2008 12:23 AM

Whats with all these gushing encomiums of B.Hussein Obama. Does anyone really know him? He's a blank slate, a contrivance of pop culture- all sizzle & no substance. He's a deus ex machina come to expiate the "sins" of white liberals' forefathers.
Read "Dreams from My Father" and look to Rev. Wright for insight.

McCain will win in a landslide.

Posted by: GOP | April 7, 2008 11:39 PM

Saying someone is qualified for office is a pretty lukewarm endorsement. Constitutionally, Obama is qualified. Saying someone is qualified for a job is not the same as saying they will do a good job.

I think either Obama or McCain will win by a comfortable margin if they run against each other. The race will break for one of them. Voters will decide that McCain is a tired old man of the past or they will decide that these are too dangerous of times the trust the presidency to the relatively inexperienced Obama.

I look for one of them to win with the same margin that Clinton had over Dole in 1996. A Clinton-McCain race goes down to the wire.

Posted by: danielhancock | April 7, 2008 9:00 PM

Now that is a baseless arguement. Historically since the days of the founding fathers Lawyers such as John Adams Abe Lincoln were president material and proved they were good at it too. No the biggest problem is that as political power and influence has increased in the US corruption has become entrenched and values such as decency and respect have fallen to the wayside.

Posted by: TinNC | April 7, 2008 7:13 PM

Folks, what it comes down to is the reality of WHAT the THREE Branches of our Government are, and what they do.

Legislative, Judicial, and EXECUTIVE.

Just as the Military experienced President McCain, should NEVER try to be a Supreme Court Justice-Deciding issues based on Constitutionality, and Decreeing Jurisprudence,

Constitutional Law back-grounded, and Trial Law Back-grounded Lawyers should NEVER be trying to become the Commander in Chief!

Comprende?

Posted by: rat-the | April 7, 2008 10:47 AM

I just think McCain is too old and does not have the intelligence of Obama. I would be very worried about who McCain picks as his vice president. That person could become very important!

Hillary Clinton is too ruthless, ambitious and unfortunately has been proven to play around with the truth too often. Can anyone trust her?

Posted by: margaretaltink | April 7, 2008 6:00 AM

McCain has left it more than ten years late to decide to run for such High Office, these days he is slow in delivery and does not look a well man at times, that is not what we need from a President. Also questions have to be asked about his embellishment of the Truth like Hillary!

Barack Obama will deliver change, he will attempt to bring about a UNITED States of America, don't be fooled that he does not have experience, that is just what they want you to think, Age does not guarantee a good candidate.

I just hope the people of Pennsylvania and North Carolina will vote wisely then we can get down to the Election Race and hope that unlike Hillary it will be kept to Policy!

Posted by: jaybs1 | April 7, 2008 3:00 AM

obama will make a great president
mccain is an honorable man and if hillary wins the nomination, which is HIGHLY UNLIKELY... mccain will be my choice

Posted by: kandiekizzes25 | April 6, 2008 8:44 PM

Although I disagree with McCain on many issues, he absolutely is more decent as a human being than both of the Clintons.
I agree that an Obama/McCain match up would be refreshing. Also, the DNC should just consider how much lower HRC's approval rating will go after she's finished trashing McCain for months if she were their candidate. Only 37% approve of her now...

Posted by: Olisa | April 6, 2008 8:09 PM

Wow. This decent guy running against another decent guy, Obama. We might even have a high-minded campaign about issues. And the last time we had that was . . .

Posted by: jac13 | April 6, 2008 6:48 PM

It's a damn shame when the presumptive Republican nominee can admit that Obama is qualified to be President, but Obama's own fellow party nominee, Hillary Clinton can't or won't.

Obama in 08!

Posted by: ajtiger92 | April 6, 2008 6:38 PM

No question, Hillary won't be it. She earned herself the first Veruca Salt Award unanimously:

http://tpzoo.wordpress.com/2008/04/06/veruca-salt-award-hillary-clinton/

and a study in self destructive campaigning is there, too:

http://tpzoo.wordpress.com/2008/04/06/a-study-in-self-destruction/

Posted by: old_europe | April 6, 2008 5:50 PM

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